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Astros officially announce A.J. Hinch as manager

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General manager Jeff Luhnow announces the hiring of A.J. Hinch as Astros new manager.

Christian Petersen

Shortly after the announcement of a press conference today, the news of the Astros hiring of A.J. Hinch leaked out. The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich was the first with the report, now the Astros now make the move official.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow talked about the fact that Hinch stood out compared to the ten candidates the team spoke to. Luhnow and Hinch had even talked about a trade during his time with Padres. Hinch put on a number 14 jersey (sorry Jesus Guzman) and talked about his philosophy and plans going forward -

The Astros new manager said he texted back and forth with former Astros manager Bo Porter before taking the job. Porter was a former teammate with Hinch and coach under the Astros kipper while the Diamondbacks.

Luhnow stated that Brent Strom would be returning in 2015, but didn't say in what capacity. Hinch added:

Luhnow stated when he hired Bo Porter, that he wanted Porter around when the Astros start winning. This time he said Hinch will be around when the Astros win a World Series. We will have to wait in see on that.